Villiger Cuellar Black Forest – Cigar Review

Villiger Cuellar Black Forest

This is cigar review of the Villiger Cuellar Black Forest (click here for release notes) by Villiger Cigars. The size chosen for this review is the Toro Gordo. This smoke displays a beautiful Maduro wrapper followed by a blend of tobacco from the Dominican Republic. This is a medium to full bodied smoke that retails around $8.00.

This, inspired by the mystical Black Forest, located on the Southern side of Germany, close to the border of Switzerland where the Villiger headquarters resides.

Villiger Chairman of the Board Mr. Heinrich Villiger grew up close to the Black Forest, which is the birthplace of many legends, fairytales, and haunted happenings, that most are very familiar with today. The Black Forest name is due to a hundred mile stretch of large pine trees, which block the sunlight from reaching the forest ground. This combined with constant fog create an eerie ambiance, unnerving enough to have given birth to legends of werewolves, haunted monasteries, castles, and ancient Celtic cemeteries. German based authors, the Brothers Grimm based many of their dark fables on the Black Forest. The packaging of the Villiger Cuellar Black Forest visually communicates the aura of the Black Forest. It is carried out through the dark, and rich maduro wrapper of this cigar, manufactured by Master Blender Jochy Blanco at Tabacalera La Palma in the Dominican Republic.

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest is expressed in four sizes. MRSP is $7.80 to $8.40.

Robusto        5 x 48  

Toro Gordo  6 x 54

Churchill       7 x 50

Torpedo       6.25 x 52


This Villiger Cuellar Black Forest is a nice mix of milk and dark chocolate in color with minimal veins and tight seams. This is a box pressed stick with a silky feel to the touch.


Aromas of smoky wood fill the nostrils upon the pre-light sniff test. We utilized a straight cut for this review, which then produced a cold draw of smoked BBQ and cedar chips.

After Toast:

First third – ​Smoky cedar, black pepper and earth all swirl around the palate in this third. Some oily notes enter the fray once this smoke gets cooking which add further to the richness and depth of this beginning. The body is fuller, ash holds strong and burn slightly wavy.

Second Third – Some mocha notes are added to the smoke and peppery finish which is a really nice change after that onslaught flavors in the first third! A nice toasty caramel note joins in around the half way point. Phenomenal transition! The body is more medium here with the ash falling and burn still wavy.

Final Third – The cedar kicks up here followed by the mocha with the earth and pepper lingering on the finish. The cigars body returns to the full side. The burn remains wavy.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Johnny Walker Double Black

Bourbon – Basil Hayden

Overall Experience:

This Villiger Cuellar Black Forest was a really pleasant smoke with lots of nice rich flavors to delight the palate. I am a huge fan of complexity in a cigar and with notes of smoke, pepper, earth, mocha and caramel all playing roles this cigar will surely be a hit in anyone’s humidor for a great price point.


Half Wheel – 84pts

The Cigar Smoking Man – 95pts.

Leaf Enthusiast – 9.5/10

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About Villiger Cigars

Villiger Sons Limited was established in 1888 by Jean Villiger in the small town of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, where Villiger remains headquartered to this day. The company manufactures and sells more than 1.5 billion cigars annually, world-wide. Today, under the leadership of Heinrich Villiger, the company prides itself in its commitment to quality, in all their products made in many countries around the globe.

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